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Watts Towers Tours

Watts Towers
Set in Watts, one of the least touristy areas of Los Angeles, a gritty South Central neighborhood that’s otherwise best known for a series of violent riots in the late 1960s, the Watts Towers are nonetheless one of the most fantastic attractions in the city. Built between 1921 and 1954 by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia, this National Historic landmark is a huge fanciful temple of steel spires and found objects, a quirky combination of a ship, a cityscape and a cathedral.

Inspired by a religious vision, Rodia spent more than three decades working on these 17 encrusted towers in his spare time, cobbling together his creation with scrap rebar and cement mortar from construction sites, bits of metal and trash from the nearby Pacific Railway Car tracks, and pottery shards, broken bottles and whole seashells.

Driven away by deeply unappreciative neighbors, Rodia abandoned his towers in 1955, and they stood neglected until 1959, when an actor and a filmmaker brought attention to their plight and got the LA arts community (including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art [LACMA]) to organize on their behalf. The result was the Committee for Simon Rodia’s Towers in Watts, which is now a partnership between the City of Los Angeles and LACMA; the Committee now runs the adjacent Watts Towers Arts Center, which offers art and music classes and stages cultural events.

Practical Info:

Docents from the Center offer tours of the Towers on a first-come, first-served basis, and not on rainy days; this is the ideal way to see the Towers, as otherwise you have to stand outside of a locked fence and peer inside, given only one placard’s worth of information to read.
There’s plenty of free street parking near the Towers, but they’re also just a few blocks from the 103rd Street-Kenneth Hahn Station of the Metro Rail’s Blue Line.
Address: 1765 E. 107th Street, Los Angeles 90002, USA
Hours: Thurs-Sat 10.30am-3pm, Sun 12.30pm-3pm
Admission: Adults: $7, Seniors and Adolescents: $3
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Go Legendary Custom City Sightseeing [Private Tour]

Go Legendary Custom City Sightseeing [Private Tour]

Los Angeles is a huge sprawl of a city. There’s such an overwhelming amount of amazing things to do, it can often be intimidating. This often leads to settling on mediocre, safe, run of the mill activities and tours. Whether it’s your 1st or 100th time to LA, it’s all about finding that fresh, unique experience tailored to you. Whatever your interests, we can help you plan it, book it and/or guide it! We will discuss your activity desires and put together an absolutely LEGENDARY City Adventure for you. The options are limitless. Once you are booked, we can consult to build your completely unique Go Legendary Adventure. Activity Examples: Cultural: Museums & Galleries Sports Live Music Events: Concerts, Music Venues, Under the Radar Live Music Entertainment: Studio Tours, Live Tapings, Special Movie Events, Live Theater, Stand Up Comedy, Improv, Opera, Ballet History Architecture Film Locations Shopping Neighborhoods & Amazing Houses
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What are Watts Towers hours of operation?
Watts Towers hours of operation: Thurs-Sat 10.30am-3pm, Sun 12.30pm-3pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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